Horse Owner, Trainer and Coach – Australia
How long have you been a member of Equitopia?
I have been a member for around 12 months
Why did you join Equitopia?
I like to have access to worldwide, evidence-based training
What do you enjoy most about Equitopia?
The range of topics covered – I can learn more about areas of the industry I would like to know more about.
What do you love most about horsemanship?
Educating and empowering others to use empathy and understanding in their horse interactions.
How do you define success in horsemanship?
Success is a fabulous bond between horse and owner. Working with light pressures, asking the horse (not demanding) ; meeting the horses’ ethological needs.
Who inspires you – and why?
Dr Andrew McLean. He is a highly intelligent, ethical and moral man. His work with horses and elephants has helped many thousands of animals. I work wearing a badge of honour as an ESI Graduate.
If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose?
At the risk of being boring. It is Andrew. I call him to discuss troubled horses and he always asks me questions to help facilitate more learning.
What’s one thing – either horse-related or not – you learned in the last month?
I learned that no matter how conflicted/confused/dangerous a horse becomes (due to incorrect training) I can make a difference, even when all appears lost. They are the most amazing creatures to put up with humans!
What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?
Gosh. I used to do Amateur Dramatics and I have sung in front of many hundreds of people (and nearly pee’d myself when I saw how big the audience was!!)
What’s your favorite book?
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (It is an emotional choice because I watched it with my Mum when she was well.)
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Roasted Poulet Noir (black-legged chicken) imported from France with Dauphinoise Potatoes; French beans and a wild mushroom sauce.
If you were told you could say 1 thing that the entire horse world would act on, what would that be?
Horses need to be with another horse. Not want, but need. It is as important as eating to a horse to have a companion.